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Plymouth HOE a devil of a dive
The ageing stonework of the sea wall disappeared into the gloom beneath my fins.

I exchanged signals with my buddy that all was well, and descended. We finned past a tangled matrix of fishing tackle, past and present, and I had to remind myself that this was Devil’s Point, and that this rather unpromising beginning heralds the start of what can be a truly outstanding dive.....read more


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Andy
posted : July 19, 2006

gonna drop you an e-mail Tris, check your account

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TrisRD
posted : February 07, 2006

Another dive the other night v cold now. 8 degrees. collected about 50 scallops but only modern bottles found today.

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TrisRD
posted : December 23, 2005

Another shore dive today to collect scallops and we ventured over towards the pier and recovered some bottles and old coins, few old 1 penny's and a half penny. Also found some wartime lead shell casings and towards the end of the dive a mine!!! told the local dive shop and they said it is known and is a concrete cylindrical spikey thing but not a mine, going to have another look on the next dive to confirm. Very good dive with about 4 metres vis today so still quite good.

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TrisRD
posted : December 21, 2005

Just returned home from another good dive on Plymouth Hoe. Vis approx 5M very good dive all round the old pier remains once again and recovered another couple of plates and a fork. And half a dozen large scallops : ) just cooked them in a white wine sauce. Wont be diving on the Hoe now for some time as i have another site i wish to dive that may have some results, watch this space.

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TrisRD
posted : December 20, 2005

Again another night dive tonight with smashing results! Recovered 2 old cups and a plate and some forks, a ring! and various old bottles. Vis was a suprising 5 mtrs with no current. covered most of the old pier and then headed over next to the pools and diving boards. 66mins underwater with 3 surface intervals. even collected a dozen scallops for the frying pan. tonight was the best diving i have done in Plymouth! : ) But unfortunately i didnt find my mask i lost 2 nights ago. Discovered a large anchor not far off the waterfront anchor as well sat up proud from the muddy/silty bottom. Still lots to find and see in the area and i highly recommend this to anyone. Sorry to thread jack this recently but nobody seems to post up and i think it is a very good dive offering relatively shallow diving for the beginner. got down to 9.1mtrs tonight which is the deepest i have been on Plymouth Hoe to date. watch this space for my next adventure. : ) One very happy diver off to bed..

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TrisRD
posted : December 18, 2005

just back from another succesful night dive alot of swell tonight though so not as good as last night, however still recovered many bits including more old bottles and a pistol! think it is just a BB one though. Lost my favourite mask last night on surfacing when we were chatting so i will be diving this site alot over the next 2 weeks trying to find it. if you are thinking about diving the Hoe it is worth it if you dont mind poor vis diving but lots to find and see.

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TrisRD
posted : December 18, 2005

me and my brother did a night dive on Plymouth Hoe last night, (17/12/2005) filled a goodie bag with scallops, recovered an old pocket watch and some old 1930-40's glass bottles. Very good dive overall, also found a HUGE crap in a hole under the diving boards!! i reckon it is too big to get out... very under-rated dive site.

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TrisRD
posted : December 17, 2005

i get the feeling this forum isnt visited very often and when it is its few and far between, if anyone is planning a dive in the south west i can be contacted at trisktm@fsmail.net im always up for a good dive and know most of the local sites.

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TrisRD
posted : December 17, 2005

The weather is alright most of the time, yeah derek it is the dive where you enter on the steps adjacent to the old pier. if you are after something a bit better bovisand bay is just opposite and a 20 min drive that can be a fantastic dive.

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TrisRD
posted : December 24, 2004

I dive Plymouth Hoe quite regulary and although the seabed is very plain out and around the waterfront restaurant it can be a very good dive if you venture around the old pier remains and under the diving boards on the other side. There are lots of old Milk bottles and various other things to be found if you are patient. Vis can be bad but it is a very good dive for beginners and a cracking night dive as the plankton is always about.

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Tony
posted : December 21, 2004

Derek, you can get in anywhere along the shore from Tinside Pool to the Waterfront Pub (nice place for a post-dive pint in the summer)! It is popular for trainee divers and those that like u/w photography. A little further west is Eastern King Point, Firestone Bay and Devils Point where the deep water channel runs by around 30 - 45 m depth. You must get permission from Longroom to dive all these sites and make sure that you observe the tides before diving at Eastern Kings (around high tide) and Devils (about one hour before high tide). It is common to see rays, dogfish and conger eels amongst the usual marine life along the Plymouth nearshore. Alternatively, get out amongst the deeper wrecks off Plymouth!

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posted : September 10, 2004

Is this the dive that you can enter at the bottom of some steps (the old Plymouth pier?) not far from the public diving boards ? If so, any personal opinions on it, or that dive if it is a different one ?

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posted : September 10, 2004

what is the weather like around the hoe and what is the diving like thinking about comeing down at easter

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